Apple’s release of iBooks Author for Mac has drawn some criticism online, as iLounge reports that the application’s End User License Agreement (EULA) contains some controversial lines about Apple taking a cut on sales of iBooks. This is the particular section of the agreement that is in question:
“If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.”
If this is indeed true, it is very similar to the 30 percent cut that Apple inherits on every purchase made from the App Store. The difference, however, is that users downloading iBooks Author are simultaneously agreeing with the EULA without getting a proper opportunity to agree to its terms. Is that fair?